Causes & Treatment

Follow These 6 Tips to Help You Get Pregnant with PCOS

Eloise Edington  |   26 Feb 2022

Struggling to conceive is not uncommon and one in eight couples experience fertility issues. At Fertility Help Hub, we know that for some people, fertility problems come from hormonal complications (like PCOS or endometriosis) and these conditions make getting pregnant frustrating and seem impossible.

But don’t fret. If you’re trying to conceive naturally or considering fertility treatment, there are simple things you can do from today that will support your efforts to conceive. It’s important to speak with your fertility expert when undergoing assisted reproduction as they may have advice and support for women trying to conceive with PCOS.

Today, PCOS Dietitian, Tallene Hacatoryan (visit her Instagram) shares her six tips to get pregnant with PCOS.

Over to Tallene…

When you’re first diagnosed with PCOS, you have so many questions

“Will I need surgery?”

“Is it hereditary?”

“How will this change my lifestyle?”

And… eventually, “will I be able to get pregnant?”

I completely get it! I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 18 years old. Feeling disheartened by the doctor’s advice to simply “get on birth control”, I started to discover what really made a difference to my PCOS symptoms. Now, as a registered dietitian, I’ve helped thousands of women to manage their PCOS symptoms, lose weight and even get pregnant with PCOS.

So, where do we start?

1. Start with understanding your PCOS type

If you’re not ovulating or you’re finding your symptoms unmanageable, it’s time to find out even more about your PCOS. In this article I will be mentioning the most common types of PCOS, but there are multiple types.

Understanding the root cause of your PCOS can help you know exactly what to do to target the specific symptoms that may be interfering with your fertility. You can get started by taking a fun quiz, What’s Your PCOS Type?

2. Focus on your diet

Of course, as an advocate for a gluten and dairy free lifestyle, I’d always say start with what you’re fuelling your body with. A major root issue with PCOS is chronic inflammation which affects every cell in the body and exacerbates insulin resistance. When our body is insulin resistant, this interferes with egg quality and ovulation which can result in fertility problems.

As a first step of action, I’d suggest cutting out gluten and dairy for at least 30 days to see how you feel and how your PCOS symptoms like bloating, fatigue, acne, and weight gain improve.

3. Work on your insulin resistance

Most women with PCOS have some level of insulin resistance. Many studies have shown that there’s a direct correlation between improving insulin resistance and reduced testosterone. Lower testosterone means improved ovulation, which in turn means you’re more likely to get pregnant!

Eating a low sugar diet, eating throughout the day at regular intervals and taking supplements that help with cravings, egg quality and ovulation, like Ovasitol, which can help improve insulin resistance.

4.  Avoid intense workouts

It seems totally counterproductive when your doctor has been telling you to “just lose weight in order to get pregnant,” but hear me out! High intensity workouts massively spike our stress hormones like cortisol. For women with PCOS, it’s not easy to come back down from that huge spike. Unmanaged cortisol levels contribute to hyperandrogenism, including high testosterone, which causes excessive hair growth in women, and also interferes with fertility.

Instead, try slow, weighted workouts to help you lose weight and avoid triggering further PCOS symptoms. 

You can find slow, weighted workouts along with gluten and dairy free recipes and more information about our PCOS weight loss method in The Cysterhood, the largest community of women reversing their PCOS symptoms and losing weight.

5. Reduce your stress levels

Along the same vein, living a less stressful lifestyle will improve your PCOS and increase your chances of getting pregnant. Investing time in self-care, relaxation and proper sleep is paramount. Reducing stress levels during the day helps you get good quality sleep – crucial for blood sugar control and stress management throughout the day.

6. Track your ovulation

Women with polycystic ovaries can still ovulate, but do you know when you’re ovulating? Getting pregnant is much easier if you know when you’re ovulating and when is the opportune time to conceive during your cycle. There are lots of different ways to understand your ovulation, from urine tests to temperature trackers – take a look at Fertility Help Hub’s ovulation kits here and receive exclusive discounts on an ovulation tracker that suits you.

During the 10 years I spent investigating my health, I lost 30 pounds, cleared my cystic acne and ovarian cysts, but it wasn’t easy. I want you to learn everything I know about PCOS, without all the tears. My husband, Sirak, who is a PCOS personal trainer, and I have created The Cysterhood, a monthly membership to teach you our proven framework to PCOS weight loss and support you along the way! 

Join over 2,000 women in The Cysterhood who are reversing their PCOS symptoms and thriving!

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